October 2, 2018 - Blog
is a challenging decision to make for many. In many cases, those who do enter a chemical dependency treatment program for drugs or alcohol do so as a result of a referral. Patients can be referred to a treatment program from several sources: a Human Resources Manager at their place of employment; their contact at an Employee Assistance Program (EAP); or a lawyer overseeing their case, as well as hospital or medical staff and family or friends.
For those who may not be personally close to or not interacted at length with the potential patient, such as EAPs, it can be difficult to discern whether or not he or she is in need of treatment. We’ve pulled together a list of questions that can be used to determine whether the individual you’re working with could benefit from formal substance abuse treatment. It is important that you take the time to ask these questions, and not make assumptions, even if you’ve loosely discussed some of these in the past.
These questions will give possible referral sources a clearer idea of whether an in-patient treatment program referral makes sense.
Having answers to these questions can help ensure that the individual truly needs treatment, and make it easier to complete the referral process. This process will help identify more clearly if the individual needs formal substance abuse treatment, and aid them in getting the help they need.
|Author: Ken Smith, LCSW
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